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September 27, 2021

Judith M. Persichilli

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Commissioner Persichilli Announces the Departure of Deputy Commissioner Marcela Ospina Maziarz

New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli today announced the departure of Deputy Commissioner of Health Systems Marcela Ospina Maziarz. Maziarz will join Thomas Edison State University as their vice president for Community and Government Affairs on November 1.

Maziarz joined the Department in 2018 and in her role as Deputy Commissioner of Health Systems she oversaw healthcare facility licensing, inspections and enforcement of regulations, the certificate of need program and major funding programs such as charity care and graduate medical education.

“Marcela’s commitment to improving quality of care, health equity and protecting the health of residents advanced the Department’s efforts to build a healthier New Jersey,” Persichilli said.

During her tenure at the Department, Maziarz led a strategic plan focused on restructuring government policies and interventions to address poor outcomes for minority mothers and babies in the state. The strategic intervention led to the creation of the New Jersey Maternal Care Quality Collaborative, and a $10 million grant awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration; to create replicable health interventions to eliminate preventable deaths and morbidities.

Maziarz also played a central role in New Jersey’s COVID-19 response helping facilities to navigate federal and state directives, striving for equitable access and quality care for those affected by the pandemic.

“Marcela’s dedication to underserved communities continued during the vaccination effort, where she spearheaded outreach efforts to boost vaccination rates among those most at risk,” Persichilli added.

Robin Ford, Executive Director of Hospital Finance, will assume this role following Maziarz’s departure.

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Last Reviewed: 9/27/2021